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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is hailing today's jobs report that shows employers added 235,000 jobs in February, with the unemployment rate dipping from 4.8 to 4.7 percent. But in doing so, President Donald Trump and his aides are embracing the kind of numbers that Trump, on the campaign trail, denounced as "phony." Back then, he said the jobless numbers were artificially lowered to make the Democrats look good. Today, spokesman Sean Spicer quotes Trump as saying, "They may have been phony in the past, but it's very real now."
WASHINGTON (AP) — Most of the federal prosecutors who were nominated by Barack Obama have already left their positions -- and now, the nearly four dozen who stayed on in the first weeks of the Trump administration are being asked to leave. A Justice Department spokeswoman says the goal is "to ensure a uniform transition." It's customary for the 93 U.S. attorneys to leave their posts once a new president is in office, but the departures aren't automatic.
UNDATED (A) — A Republican congressman is backing off his claim that former President Barack Obama is staying in Washington solely to run a "shadow government" to undermine the GOP agenda. The office of Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Kelly issued a statement late Friday saying he "does not believe that President Obama is personally operating a shadow government." The Obamas have said they would stay in the nation's capital until their youngest daughter, Sasha, completes high school.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say they stopped three separate travelers from bringing loaded handguns onto planes at a North Carolina airport yesterday. The Transportation Security Administration says authorities don't believe the three incidents at Charlotte Douglas International Airport were related. The statement says TSA officers staffing the X-ray machines at the respective checkpoints spotted the firearms and ammunition as the carry-on bags passed along the conveyor belt. The travelers were questioned by police and arrested on a local charge of carrying a firearm on airport property.
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — More girls have died from their burns suffered in a fire at a government facility for children in Guatemala. The death toll now stands at 36. Guatemala's president is calling for a restructuring of his country's youth shelter system. Parents and relatives say many of the victims had been sent to the shelter because of abuse, poverty or family problems.
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